Stephen Westcott shares his journey to becoming a UKCP accredited psychotherapist.
Like many therapists, training in psychotherapy was partly about healing my own wounds. My mum had a battle with cancer starting in my teens and, at the same time, we moved to another country. I appeared outgoing to those around me, but I was insecure. I learned to manage my negative thoughts with music.
At 21, my mum died. I went travelling with friends and decided to explore music professionally. The creative process in bands and as a writer and producer is like therapy – you’re sorting through everyone’s baggage to get things done. This sparked my interest in personal development and I started a course. I loved it and realised I’d naturally played a therapist’s role my whole life. I started training formally and began a new practice that is just as creative.
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